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The No Pants Subway Ride returns to the Red Line this weekend

No Pants Subway Ride 2018
Photograph: Grace DuVal

It often seems like anything goes on CTA trains, but unless being frog-marched onto the streets by CTA security is on your to-do list, you typically wear pants after you tap your Ventra card. The afternoon of Sunday, January 13 is an exception, as the annual No Pants Subway Ride returns to the Red Line.

RECOMMENDED: See photos from past editions of the No Pants Subway Ride

Founded in 2002 by public performance art collective Improv Everywhere, the No Pants Subway Ride took place in over 60 cities last year, including international destinations such as Amsterdam, Lisbon, Prague and Munich. Participants in each city strip down to their underwear just before boarding a train, then ride for several stops as if nothing is out of the ordinary.

Chicagoans who want to join in on the trouserless fun can convene on Sunday at the fourth floor of the parking garage at 1209 W Arthur Ave (right next to the Loyola Red Line stop) promptly at noon and board the Red Line at 12:30pm. The ride will end in the Loop, where participants typically stage an impromptu dance party on a Red Line platform.

Those wishing to brave the blustery conditions (34 degree temperatures are in the forecast on Sunday) and participate are advised to buy their CTA tickets prior to arriving and should wear what one normally wears on a winter day in Chicago. Pants won't be shed until right before riders board the train and underwear is required, obviously.

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